JetBlue seeks to add Grenada service
JetBlue filed at the Transportation Department for rights to serve Grenada, saying it plans to launch twice-weekly nonstop service from New York Kennedy on June 11, using A320 aircraft configured for 150 seats.
AA to codeshare with alliance rival
American inked a codeshare deal with Korean Air, a member of the rival SkyTeam alliance, under which Korean will place its code on American's flights between Seoul and Dallas. The deal also calls for members of Korean's Skypass loyalty program to earn miles on American-operated flights. Subject to government approval, the deal is to be implemented in April.
Monterrey route attracts two airlines
American Airlines and Aeromexico both announced they are adding Miami-Monterrey, Mexico, flights in the coming months. Aeromexico will begin daily nonstop service between the two cities on March 26. American will launch its service with six weekly flights on June 4.
New York, Los Angeles break visitor records
New York and Los Angeles each set a record for visitor arrivals in 2014. New York reported that visitor totals increased nearly 4%, to 56.4 million visitors, 12.2 million of them from international source markets. New York said the influx boosted its hotel occupancy rate to 89%. Los Angeles counted 43.4 million visitors, a 3% increase. The total includes 6.5 million international visitors, also an all-time high. Hotel occupancy averaged 78.9%. The city has set a goal of reaching 50 million visitors by 2020.
Miami will be home for Carnival Vista
The Carnival Vista, the new ship slated to debut in May 2016, will make Miami its home after a summer in Europe and an October positioning cruise to New York. Carnival signed a lease for Port Miami that calls for the ship to cruise from the port for 24 months out of its first three years in service.
Marriott sets opening for its first Haiti hotel
Marriott set March 1 as the opening date for its first hotel in Haiti, the 175-room Marriott Port-au-Prince in Haut Turgeau, minutes from the city's commercial district. The project was launched in 2011, the year following the devastating earthquake, as a collaboration between Marriott, the Digicel Group and the Clinton Foundation. Facilities include an outdoor pool and terrace, restaurant, cafe, fitness center, lobby lounge and meetings space. WiFi is complimentary and property-wide. A grand opening celebration is slated for the summer.
Radisson to debut in Dominican Republic
Radisson will open its first property in the Dominican Republic in April, converting a 199-room hotel in central Santo Domingo that was most recently the Hotel Plaza Naco.
Jumeirah picks site for Venu brand's first
Jumeirah Group reached agreement for the first hotel under its new Venu lifestyle brand, a 300-room property on Dubai's Bluewaters Island project. The beachfront hotel, to open in 2017, will also offer 119 serviced apartments. Bluewaters Island is a mixed-use development on reclaimed land that will be the site of the world's largest Ferris wheel, the 689-foot-tall Dubai Eye.
Friends & Colleagues
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs has been named COO of the Walt Disney Co., effective immediately. He will continue to lead the company's parks and resorts division until a successor is named. Staggs has served as chairman of the parks and resorts division since 2010. Prior to that, he served as Disney's CFO. He joined Disney in 1990 as manager of strategic planning. • • • Former Hertz Global Holdings CEO Mark Frissora will replace Gary Loveman as CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp. Frissora, who left Hertz in September, will succeed Loveman in July, Caesars said. Loveman, who was named CEO in 2003, will remain Caesars' chairman. Frissora was named Hertz's CEO in July 2006 and oversaw the company's $2.6 billion acquisition of Dollar Thrifty in 2012. • • • Club Med appointed Camile Olivere as its senior vice president of sales for the U.S. Olivere was most recently sernior vice president of sales at Norwegian Cruise Line. Previously, she was vice president of commercial development at Travelport and director of sales for Oracle's E-Travel. • • • Cris De Souza has joined Nexion's leadership team as vice president of sales and marketing, a newly created position. Prior to joining Nexion, De Souza was with AmaWaterways, where she served as director of national accounts. A 15-year industry veteran, she spent the bulk of those years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. • • • MLT Vacations' vice president of sales, Terry Williams, will retire on March 1. Williams joined the vacation packager in 2008 as vice president of United Vacations, a brand that was operated and managed by MLT but has since been taken over by Mark Travel Corp. Prior to MLT, Williams spent 28 years with Continental Airlines. He will be succeeded at MLT by Steve Diggelmann, the company's current sales director.